Count on Me Judah Kelly UMA Judah Kelly, this year’s winner of the Nine Network’s vocal competition The Voice, recorded this album in just 10 days. It contains a mixture of original tunes and covers, with an overwhelmingly Motown and country influence. The instrumental accompaniment is simple and repetitive, but this ensures Kelly’s voice is highlighted. The title track and first single was well received by the Australian public and measuring by iTunes downloads Kelly has been the most successful artist to win the competition since inaugural winner Karise Eden. If I Go is a standout track, offering rhythmic difference and a smooth vocal line. Sadly the covers, including Miley Cyrus’s The Climb and Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey, offer scant differences from the original tunes. Perhaps it would have been better to choose songs from a different genre and interpret them with a country flavour, rather than these boring remakes of already vastly popular tunes. It’s a shame the winners of these talent competitions have to produce material with such short deadlines. This severely limits natural creativity, which is evident in their releases and ultimately leads to their inevitable spiral into irrelevance. It isn’t easy to recall the names of many of the previous winners of The Voice and, sadly, without staging an impressive independent comeback such as Matt Corby’s or Vera Blue’s, Kelly could become just as forgettable within a few months. Such is the nature of the beast.